7 DRUG CASES IN 24 HOURS
Police ‘disappointed’ with drivers after Dalby operation yields alarming number of offenders
DALBY police were “disappointed” with the number of motorists found to be driving with drugs detected in their system over the past 24-hour-period between Monday morning December 31 and Tuesday morning January 1.
Seven people were charged with drug driving during this period in addition to a number of drivers who were found driving under the influence of alcohol.
Dalby police said the drivers would appear in Dalby Magistrate’s Court in January.
Sergeant Tony Logue, from Dalby Police, said the number of motorists found driving under the influence of a drug was higher than last year during this period.
“To have so many cases over a 24-hour period is extremely disappointing,” he said.
“People clearly aren’t listening to our message about road safety.”
On December 31, a 43-year old Dalby man was intercepted on Cunningham Street at 10.05am; a 19-year-old Dalby woman was intercepted on Condamine Street at 10.16am, and a 19-year-old Dalby woman was intercepted on Patrick Street around noon.
Additionally, a further four drivers were intercepted on New Year’s Day, prior to lunch time.
At 7am a 25-year-old Dalby woman was intercepted on Nicholson Street; at 8.12am a 44-year-old Dalby man was intercepted on Orpen Street; at 9.17am a 21-year-old Dalby man was intercepted on Bagot Street, and at 10.35am a 40-year-old man from Muswellbrook NSW.
Police urge drivers to remain aware of the fatal five when it comes to operating a motor vehicle.
Sergeant Mark Woitowitz, from the Dalby Road Policing Unit, said drug driving was one of the “fatal five” when it comes to driving.
“We get reports every month about the causes of road fatalities and both drug driving and drink driving play a major role,” he said.
“Whether it be prescription medication, illegal substances or drink driving, they’re all linked; they all play a major role in the fatal five.”
Sgt Woitowitz said people often don’t realise the affects a substance has had.
“It affects your reaction time, your perception.”
He said substances could still be detected in one’s system even after a period of time and that drivers should be mindful when getting behind the wheel.
“People taking these illegal substances have no clear line in the sand as to when those substances will be out of their system.”
First time offenders on an open licence are at risk of a $300 fine and a month-long driving disqualification.
“That’s first offence. It keeps increasing from there on in,” he said.
Police continue to conduct operations, with another coming up this month, targeting impaired driving.
❝ To have so many cases over a 24-hour period is extremely disappointing. — Sergeant Tony Logue
DISAPPOINTING: Drivers were tested across the Darling Downs.